Each June, audiophiles from around the country celebrate all things audiobook. Since we love to listen and review audiobooks here at That’s What I’m Talking About, we are participating in our own Audiobook celebration.
What would an audiobook be without a narrator? As part of Audiobook Month, we are spotlighting various narrators so you can learn a bit more about who they are and what they do.
Today we shine the spotlight on:
Tell us how long have you been narrating books?
I started by volunteering at Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic (now Learning Ally) and Books Aloud over a decade ago. I’ve been narrating professionally for three and a half years now.
What genres do you cover? Do you have a favorite?
I’ll narrate just about anything, but I think I’m best-suited to science fiction, military romance, and scientific non-fiction.
Do you do any other voice work or acting?
I’ve done commercial and industrial narration voiceovers, and my shingle is still out, but I’m really focusing on audiobooks at this point.
What is your favorite job to date?
I think I had the most fun with “The Zombie Sheriff Takes Tucson: A Love Story.” It’s a fantastic combination of zombie horror, anachronistic humor, and tender love story!
How do prepare for a job? Does the preparation depend on the genre or type of book?
I love it when I can communicate with the author, but that’s not always possible. My prep work is mostly about reading through the book so that I know where the story goes, and finding the names and words that I need pronunciations for.
If you could narrate any book or work with any author past or present, what would you choose? Why?
“The Shining,” by Stephen King. That book scared me to death — in a good way! — when I was young, and I’d love to work with Mr. King.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Getting into audiobook production full-time has been a really exciting shift in my voiceover career. The audiobook community is fantastic, and I’m happy to be a member of it. Through my podcast, The Audiobook Speakeasy, I’ve been able to meet and learn about some of the big names in the industry, and I look forward to getting to know more in the months and years ahead!
About the Narrator:
Rich has been a storyteller since he was a kid. When he was around 10, he started reading to his family after dinner (his favorites were The Lemonade Trick and The Big Joke Game, by Scott Corbett).
After an interminable amount of time spent creating and managing databases, Rich is back to storytelling, and this time it’s not just after dinner, it’s full-time. Except for when he’s dodging Tucson drivers on his bicycle or finding the next great Happy Hour locale.
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